The first trailer for Disney’s live-action remake of The Lion King has just dropped and I literally cannot contain my excitement. To celebrate 25 years since the original animation, Disney will release their live-action version of the legendary movie The Lion King next summer.
And, if that’s not enough good news, wait till you see the cast. You’d be impressed. Donald Glover a.k.a Childish will be playing the mighty king, so enemies, watch out, especially you Chiwetel Ejiofor, who will be playing the villainous Scar.
You’re not excited? No? Well, you will certainly be after watching the official teaser below:
So, prepare to bawl your eyes out once again as this classic tale that is directed by Jon Favreau shows a young lion cub who is tricked by his wicked uncle into thinking that he caused his father’s death, leading him to flee into exile due to the immense despair.
Glover and Ejiofor are not the only ones on the impressive cast list, as the queen herself, Beyonce, will also play Nala, Seth Rogen as Pumba, and James Earl Jones will play Mufasa.
If you think that there’s nothing more left that Disney can do, oh boy you are wrong. Disney has proved otherwise when they’ve breathed new life into several animated features in recent years such as Beauty and the Beast and The Jungle Book.
Working on her lioness roar, Beyonce will collaborate with Elton John, who wrote the songs for the original movie with lyricist Tim Rice, on a new song for the 2019 remake. However, we’ll also be hearing the classic tunes such as I Just Can’t Wait To Be King and The Circle Of Life.
Disney is set to release new versions of Dumbo, Alladin, Lady and the Tramp, and Mulan in the next two years. Although The Jungle Book earned Disney nearly a billion dollars, Favreau admitted he was nervous taking on The Lion King which he says is a whole different ball game. In an interview with Polygon, he explained:
The Jungle Book was 50 years ago, but The Lion King was only 20. It came out in the age of video where people were watching it over and over again.
Favreau went on to say:
So I have to prioritize that when I’m directing. I have to try and honor what was there. In some ways, it’s like bringing a Broadway playback because there are certain expectations.
He explained why he was nervous about taking on The Lion King, adding:
The Lion King, people really know it and they grew up with it. They have an emotional impact. I think memory is like a compression software; you can’t remember everything so you prioritize what’s important.
In conclusion, he said:
But you gotta live up to what they want. There’s an added pressure to these beloved stories, especially these deep-seated ones, because there’s an emotional connection.
The cinemas worldwide will change completely when The Lion King will hit the big screen on July 19, 2019. Keep scrolling down to see some comparisons of the original scenes with the upcoming live-action movie.
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Until summer, Hakuna Matata!
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